Santa Monica Observer - Community, Diversity, Sustainability and other Overused Words

By Mona Day 

BEER. ART. MUSIC.

 

October 20, 2014

The 18th Street Arts Center is bringing its 5th annual Beer Art & Music (BAM) Festival on Sunday, October 26, 1pm- 5pm. This year, it is part of 18th Street's 25th Anniversary weekend celebration that kicks off with a chic benefit black tie event on Saturday Oct 25.

BAM attendees will get to visit the studios of 18th Street Arts Center's artists-in-residence and arts organizations like Otis College of Art and Design's MFA in Public Practice program - where art is not just exhibited, but actually created.

Twenty minute mini-educational sessions by craft beer, wine, and art experts will cover a wide range of topics such as how to pick out food flavors from different beers or how art could be paired with wine and beer. All proceeds benefit 18th Street Arts Center.

The 40+ curated breweries range from big to small, popular and widely known like New Belgium Brewing Company and Angel City Brewing Company to the newly launched, like Three Weavers Brewing Company and Santa Monica Brew Works.

For the connoisseur, BAM Fest is showcasing limited release seasonal beers such as Hangar 24 Craft Brewery's Seasonal Oktoberfest and dark strong ales like Brother Thelonious Belgium Style Abbey Ale from North Coast Brewing Company, which partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in support of Jazz education.

Along with Golden Road Hefeweizen, Golden Road Brewing will also be featuring its Might As Well IPL, a lager highlighting bold passion fruit and pear contributed by Galaxy and Calypso hops.

Though the focus is on beer, there will also be wine sampling hosted by wine enthusiast Allie Merrick and non-alcoholic home-brewed sodas by the Maltose Falcons, America's oldest Home-Brewing Club.

Also featured are Mama's Boy Infusions, the one of a kind tequila fruit infusion with an original chili kick as well as the semi-sweet, orange-blossom honey mead of Golden Coast Mead's Mirth in a Bottle.

Six food trucks will provide their signature dishes: DogTown Dogs, Baby's Badass Burgers, Cousins Maine Lobster, India Jones Chow, Meat-the-Greek and the Border Grill Truck. The science, technology and culinary art of NITROPOD, frozen liquid nitrogen desserts.

The tunes lined up for BAM Fest is as diverse as the beer samples - from the Latin infused rhythmic sounds of KoTolàn whose songs celebrating cultural diversity are sung in Japanese, Spanish, and English to the dance-inducing soulful funk of Nick Shattuck. The young duo of the new hit band Trapdoor Social will bring its passionate alt-pop music to bring awareness to solar and other renewable energy sources.

For tickets and information, please visit http://18thstreet.org/bam

 

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